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Heavy rainfall triggers flood alert from Bude to Launceston

Heavy rainfall triggers flood alert from Bude to Launceston

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 8:13am 19th October 2019.

Heavy rainfall has triggered a flood alert for the Upper River Tamar.

The Environment Agency says flooding is possible from Bude to Launceston, including Helebridge, Bridgerule, Canworthy Water and Yeolmbridge.

Low-lying land and roads could be affected and people are urged to avoid at risk areas.

The situation is expected to improve across Saturday as the rain eases.

"Flooding is possible this evening, Friday 18th October, and through into the early hours of tomorrow, Saturday, due to frequent heavy showers passing through the area. 

"These are causing river levels to rise in the Upper River Tamar area. 

"The expected peak river levels may cause isolated flooding of low-lying land and roads. 

"Further showers, some of which may be heavy, are expected to continue during Saturday morning, before easing through the afternoon. 

"River levels are therefore likely to remain high throughout this period. Thereafter we expect the situation to improve.

"Please take care near the areas of concern and monitor your local weather conditions. 

"We are monitoring river levels and have staff in the area checking for, and clearing blockages."

Environment Agency

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